We are having a great Christmas with family here. Abby, Justin, Gabe, and Levi all home. It was different this year not having the 3 Christmas Eve services in the evening, but we had our 3 weekend gatherings at Compelled, Abby and Justin arrived and we took Christmas Eve dinner over and had dinner with dad, who now lives in Temperance at Moongate apartments. I sure love him being so close, but we all miss him in Morenci also. We spent a couple hours with him on Christmas Eve. Wendy made one of our favorites, “Alice Chicken” and we love it with mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, roasted brussels sprouts, rolls and salad. it was a feast.
Christmas morning was our family together. Priceless and special. We then load up and head to Hudson, to Wendy’s folks for another feast with our precious family, presents, and good time. Lots of Dutch blitz, laughing, and overeating. We love our time at Randy and Carol’s and enjoyed staying the night, and man did we sleep in.
Christmas this year seem nostalgic, and meaningful. Every year I am alive, Christ become more alive to me, and His work I see more clearer in others, including my family, which I am fiercely devoted to. My amazing wife Wendy, makes this time so special for our family. Here hard work, thought, and detail attention, always stuns me with peace and happiness. What a gal. We celebrate 31 years together January 3. What a blessed guy I am!
I pray your Christmas was special and the presence of Jesus was close.
Jesus needs nothing from you for Christmas. he does not need our money, or time, religious acts, or pity that he was born in a manger. He wants our life and our passion. He wants to be our Savior and redeem us with God. He wants you….all of you. Not just your mind, but your heart. He wants your love and devotion to Him. He really wants relationship. Does he have you? All of you? Does the world and all it’s ways have a grip on part of your heart? Give it all to Him this Christmas. Your life, past, sin, future, and devotion. That is what the Lord wants for Christmas.
O God, You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly; My soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You, In a dry and weary land where there is no water. 2 Thus I have seen You in the sanctuary, To see Your power and Your glory. 3 Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, My lips will praise You.
New American Standard Bible: 1995 update. (1995). (Ps 63:1–3). LaHabra, CA: The Lockman Foundation.
Christmas can be a great time. It can also be a tough time. The brokeness of relationships and past hurts rise to the surface with more obviousness at Christmas more than any other time of the year. Christmas can be a painful reminder that all is not right, that the past still haunts some families and that we are in deep need of God’s grace.
The whole Advent of Christ is about Grace and forgiveness. As we begin to talk about God healing hurts, forgiveness fro us and to others, and the blessings of relationships, I pray freedom and relational health on us all.
“But seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” Matthew 6.33 NASB
I read this verse as our closing blessing at Compelled Church yesterday, and I taught on it in our Sermon on the Mount Series on Wednesday. The word of Christ have been encircling my heart since. I am meditating on this. Here are my thoughts and observations, for today. Let’s look at the first word “seek”. The Greek word for seek is “to try and obtain or to get.” The verb denotes continually. So we are to be seekers the Kingdom of God, and the righteousness of Christ.
This means effort on our part. This is something we do. I believe it matters if we do or don’t do it. It matters how much we seek, how intently we seek. How long we seek. How consistent we seek.
What is your level of seeking Christ? Do you daily go after the Kingdom? Do you look at the Word? Is the seeking of God culminating to transformation of your life? Let’s step up our intensity of being seekers of God.
Psalm 9.10 “And those who know Your name will put their trust in You, For You, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek You.”
New American Standard Bible: 1995 update. (1995). (Ps 9:10). LaHabra, CA: The Lockman Foundation.